art journal techniques
how to make a travel journal,
a handmade journal,
plus art journaling ideas
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choosing the right tool for the job
travel journals: using maps
as a starting point
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In her three-part series, Dawn deVries
Sokol gives you art journal prompts and
journaling tips that help you overcome
the fear of the blank page. Her “pages
in stages” approach to how to make an
art journal also allows you to create a
handmade journal as you have the time,
with stress-free journal techniques.
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rt journaling is a way to
express yourself through
writing and art at the same
time. This creative process pulls
together a variety of materials to create
mixed-media art. You can buy premade journals and fill them with your
doodles and designs or craft your own
custom journals to record everything
from your travels to your art technique
experiments to your innermost
thoughts.
In short, an art journal is whatever you
want it to be. But you have to start
someplace, so we've created this free
eBook, Art Journal Techniques: How
to Make a Travel Journal, a Handmade
Journal, plus Art Journaling Ideas.
In this free eBook you'll get art
journaling tips, including how to make
a travel journal from maps, how to
make an art journal in stages, and how
to choose the right tools for your art
journal adventures.
In “Travel Journals, Using Maps as a
Starting Point,” Jacqueline Newbold
describes how to use maps (or copies
of maps) as a foundation for the visual
journaling of your journeys. She offers
ideas and tips for how to make a travel
journal that are easy and enjoyable.
Finally, the editors of Cloth Paper
Scissors magazine take a look at writing
tools that will help you express yourself
through writing, doodling, and drawing
in your art journal.
Once you have the inspiration and
information provided in Art Journal
Techniques: How to Make a Travel
Journal, a Handmade Journal, plus Art
Journaling Ideas, you will be off on your
own art journaling adventures.
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art
journaling
pages in stages—part 1: painting
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our years ago, I decided
I wanted to art
journal, but I had
difficulty beginning.
My desire to art
journal led me to
various blogs and websites,
seeking journal pages to inspire
me and get me started. I also found art
books filled with invaluable tips and
techniques, but I didn’t find anything to
help me get past the blank page.
I attended workshops with incredible
teachers explaining their methods, and
their hands-on instruction answered
my technique questions, but I still had
nagging doubts when I attempted to art
journal on my own. What was I supposed
to journal about? How should I start?
How do I art journal a whole page in one
sitting?
In workshops, I had observed students
effortlessly whipping up journal page
after journal page while I was at a
standstill. Deflated, I knew that even
if I were willing to sit down with my
journal, it didn’t necessarily mean I
would actually finish a page, or even
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make a mark. I kept hitting a roadblock
and I couldn’t bear it any longer.
Then, I had an epiphany: I realized I
needed to listen to my creative intuition.
I was unnecessarily pressuring myself to
complete a journal page in one sitting.
I realized it didn’t matter what other
artists did. There are no rules in art
making, so why was I looking for rules
to guide my art journaling?
I needed to let my art journal pages
develop slowly. I had to understand
and accept that what worked for others
wasn’t necessarily going to work for me,
and that would require patience.
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I started to art journal when I felt like
it, using the technique that inspired me
at that moment. I painted in my journal
some days, and collaged, doodled, or
wrote in it on others—using the same
or different pages. I didn’t worry about
chronological order or creating pages
focused on one subject or idea. I learned
which techniques worked for me, and
which didn’t. I gave myself permission
to paint over pages I didn’t like, and
I painted and collaged over pages
that contained writing and doodling.
Suddenly, as the rules vanished, so did
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my inhibitions. I was journaling—on my
own terms—and loving it.
Working on my journal pages in stages
is key to my art journaling process. If
you’re having trouble getting started in
your journal, you may want to try this
no-holds-barred approach.
There are three stages I like to work in:
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Painting
•
Collage
•
Doodling and/or writing
For the first part of this three-part
series, I’ll focus on the painting stage.
But you can work in any stage, in any
order, whenever you want.
getting started
1.
Flip through your art journal and
stop at whatever page speaks to you.
2.
Pull out a couple of paints and squirt
one of the colors in
dime- to quarter-sized spots, here
and there, on your page. I like to use
combinations of chartreuse green
and light blue, pink and orange, or
sometimes red and teal.
3.
Choose another color and apply it in
the same way. Using your fingers, rub
the paints in, combining the colors.
Make sure to cover the whole page. If
you have empty areas, squirt a little
more color onto the page and rub it
in.
note: I spread paints with my fingers
because it leaves a smooth finish on the
page, the paints blend better, and I feel
like I have more control.
4.
Paint about 5 pages in one sitting;
do more or less if you want. Listen
to your instincts, and stop when you
feel like it.
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changing it up
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Use a paintbrush with tough bristles
to add a lined texture to your
backgrounds.
Water down your paints for a wash
across your pages. Have plenty of
paper towels on hand to blot up
excess paint.
Use paper towels to create a different
look. Spread the paint across a page,
let it dry slightly, and then wipe
the paper towel across the page,
removing some of the wet paint. Try
this method with baby wipes for a
slightly different effect.
Apply paint with items like sponges,
old credit cards or hotel room keys,
combs, etc., to create different
textures.
m y f av o r i t e
things
• Fabriano® Artistico watercolor
paper, 140-lb. hot-pressed, for
making handmade journals
• Inexpensive fluid acrylic paints, such
as Delta Creative® Ceramcoat® or
Plaid®Apple Barrel®
• Paper towels
• Various household items for creating
lines, texture, etc.
want. Remember, no rules, no worries.
That’s what art journaling should be
about.
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Working in stages allows your mind to
work more freely while creating. It will
be easier to start each stage because
you’ll work according to how you are
inspired at any given time. I let my
creative mood take over and I do what I
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journaling
pages in stages—part 2: collage
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orking in stages on my
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Collage
journal pages is key to my art
•
Doodling and/or writing
journaling process.
I found that trying to follow rules in
my journaling presented too many
roadblocks, causing me to run out of
gas quickly. If you’re having trouble
starting in your journal, you may want
to try this no-holds-barred approach.
I like to work in three stages:
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Painting (See the May/June 2010
issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.)
In Part 1, we painted a number of pages
in an art journal. Now we’ll build upon
those pages with collage.
Collecting collage fodder can be an
ongoing activity. Flip through old
magazines and cut or rip out anything
that pleases you. This can include
words, objects, and/or patterns. Turn the
magazine upside-down to see images
in a different way. Keep a basket or
folder (or many) to throw bits into when
you find them. Think about having an
envelope in your purse to store everyday
change
it up
• Create new images on the page
out of your collage bits.
• Collage borders on your pages.
• Combine some found pieces of
ephemera with photos you’ve
taken.
• Insert images with personal
meaning. I often use photographs
I’ve shot, such as a rose, a British
phone booth, Big Ben, a church
window. This really makes your
pages your own.
• Repeat images. Some journal
artists photocopy their pages,
cut them up, and include these
images in their collages. The
photocopies can also be saved for
future collages.
• Cut up photos and other bits. You
don’t have to use full images. Cut
a person in half and place them
right on the edge of your page,
so it looks like they’re looking in.
If you have a group photo, cut out
certain people and scatter them
across the page.
• Add depth to your collage with
transparencies. Anytime I find
clear wrappers with text or an
image on transparent paper, I
stash it. You can also use clear
packing tape and black-and-white
photocopies to create great little
transparencies.
• Overlap your collage layers.
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• Use scrapbook papers and
embellishments. Combining your
own found papers with purchased
papers can add interest, too.
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items from your travels: straw and candy
wrappers, coffee cups, printed napkins,
receipts, decorative tape, stickers, etc.
getting started
Listen to your intuition when it tells you
to stop. Remember, you can always add
more collaged bits later, or paint over
things. It’s your art journal, there are no
rules.
Remember, you can work in any stage in
any order, but it’s important to work in
the stage that best fits your mood.
little things
mean a lot
1.
2.
Open your journal and find a
painted page that calls to you. The
conversation may begin with the
color palette you’ve chosen, or the
way the color appears on the page.
Whatever it is, don’t think too much
about it.
Sort through your collage stash for
images that appeal to you. Keep your
journal close by and open to the page
you intend to play on.
3.
Select several images in various sizes
and other collage bits that may work
color-wise. I suggest 5–10 items. I
like using black-and-white images
for their contrast against my bright
backgrounds.
4.
Cut out and place the images
on your page. Don’t think about
placement too much. I’ve found that
overthinking makes me hesitant in
my choices. Include a large image to
create a focal point. This balances the
page and makes it more aesthetically
pleasing.
5.
Once you are happy with your
arrangement, attach the collage bits.
Mono Adhesive is my first choice,
but I use gel medium when placing
images that I plan to paint over
because it keeps the images smooth
and stable. Clear tape or any of the
decorative tapes will provide some
added interest, too.
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Add small touches for enhancement and
depth during any stage.
Ink splotches I love to use inks to add
splats on pages.
Crayon lines Color around the edges of
the pages. I usually do this after I’ve
added my collage bits. Caran d’Ache®
NeoColor II crayons line images well,
and smear into backgrounds effortlessly.
Photocopies Adhere high-contrast blackand-white photocopies with gel medium.
Once dry, brush a light, watereddown acrylic over them to match the
background, so they blend into the page.
Tearing the edges of these pieces will
provide the illusion that they are part of
the background.
Rub-ons Rub-ons provide another option
for adding words and doodles that you
may not be able to accomplish with your
own hand. These can be added easily at
any stage.
Tissue paper I’ve adhered thin tissue with
gel medium at every stage. If you want
your background to show through the
tissue well, use thin, uncoated tissue
paper.
Words Label makers are a good way to
paste words to your page.
Rubber stamps Use ink that is slightly
darker than your background paint.
Journal or doodle over it later.
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art journaling
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pages in stages—part 3: writing & doodling
i
experienced difficulty when I started art journaling, even though I desperately
the approach
The “Pages in Stages” approach
involves:
wanted to express myself in this form. Overwhelmed by the staggering
amount of amazing work online and in magazines, I thought if I couldn’t art
journal like other artists did there was no point in doing it. But I finally realized
it doesn’t matter how you art journal, as long as you’re happy doing it. The
•Paint
beauty of art journaling is that it really is just for the art journaler; there’s
•Collage
no need to share, unless you want to. You need to experiment with different
•Doodle and/or journaling
techniques and processes, free your mind, and be flexible to discover what
Of course, these stages can be tailored
to work for you. You can mix them up,
combine them, and create a process
that pleases you.
works best for you.
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I realized that if I journal in a “stages”
approach (see box), I’m much more
content with my pages. In this article,
the last of three installments, I’ll discuss
doodling and journaling.
doodle it up
If you’re struggling to start, here are
some tips:
my favorite things:
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Pitt® pens
For me, doodling and writing is the most
mobile of the three stages. When I travel,
I prep my journal before the trip. I paint
and collage on the pages and leave them
to be doodled and written upon while
I travel. I may add some collage on
the road, but mostly I just doodle and
journal. This allows me to pack fewer
supplies, and that works very well for
me.
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Soufflé™ pens
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Tombow® markers
Think of shapes. I like hearts, flowers,
stars, circles, rounded squares, swirls,
and all kinds of flourishes. Shapes
are easy to repeat and they fuel the
doodling process.
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Uniball® Signo UM-153 pens (I used
white and red.)
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Outline or color one of the collage
images to make it really pop off the
page.
•
Crayola® Pip-Squeaks™
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Create animals, creatures, or flowers
from ink or paint splatters.
•
Doodle with markers a little darker
than your background paint. These
can be written over later with a
darker or white pen, if you wish.
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Continue the lines of any shapes or
collage images you added.
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With your paint and collage images
already on the page, start to doodle. I
use anything that’s in my arsenal, but
I do have my favorites (see list above).
Doodling can be mindless or meditative.
It can also be a thoughtful form of
expression. Sometimes I brainstorm
while I doodle.
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pages in stages recap
stage 1: paint
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stage 2: collage
Start at the edge of your page and
doodle a simple border of dashed
lines, triangles, flowers, etc. Continue
to add to the border with other
shapes, as desired.
•
Section off a corner of your page,
then doodle within it. Sometimes this
helps when you feel overwhelmed by
all the space on your page.
•
Look through a magazine or book
containing endless patterns and
prints to spark your doodle energy.
•
Try not to be linear in your doodling.
Flip your journal upside down and
doodle that way, too. Sometimes you
have to rotate your page to think
beyond the ordinary. Doodle across
your page at all sorts of angles.
word it up
While doodling shapes, patterns, and
lines, I also doodle words. Words that
I doodle large are usually phrases that
strike me, the title of a song that I’m
listening to, or a movie quote I just can’t
get out of my head. Putting on some
headphones and listening to music that
makes me groove really helps me during
this stage.
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You can write about anything in your
art journal. Try words that pop into your
head throughout the day, or words from
a song that won’t leave you alone. Make
lists, jot down random thoughts, record
the things you need to do, etc. You don’t
need to fill your page with doodles and
journaling all in one sitting; journal
random doodles and words as they occur
to you. Date these entries, if you wish,
for documentation.
Some creatives are tentative about
writing in their journal because they
don’t like their handwriting. I am still
not satisfied with my handwriting, but I
write anyway because my handwriting is
a part of me.
To conquer a writing roadblock, try
some of these strategies:
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Draw some wavy lines on your page
and use them as a guide. You can
pencil them in and erase later, or
make them a part of your design. I
did this when I started journaling
and this practice has increased
my confidence in my writing and
lettering.
stage 3: journal & doodle
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Rubberstamp words and then fill
them in with pens that match
the color of the ink pad. Draw in
flourishes, if you like.
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Cut out a large word from a
magazine. Extract the letters
completely from the background with
a craft knife and glue the letters onto
the page. Doodle within the words
and/or add flourishes and other lines
flowing from them.
Listen to your gut when it tells you to
stop. There is no rule stating that pages
can’t be left unfinished. You can always
paint, collage, or doodle more later. Go
back to these pages when you feel the
groove.
Remember to mix and combine these
stages to work for you. If you want to
collage first, then paint, then doodle and
journal, do it! If you want to write on the
page and then cover it with paint and
collage, then write some more, try it.
Open your mind, set yourself free, and
your art journal will work for you.
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Trace letters from stencils for larger
words and then fill them in with
color. Add flourishes.
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a look at . . .
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writing tools
choosing the “write” tool for the job
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gel pens
rt journalers, surface designers,
doodlers, and collage artists are
a. White Gel Pen
all destined to meet with a pen or two
Sakura®, Gelly Roll White
in their creative journey. Knowing
which tool to use on which surface is a
must. We set aside some time between
editing the terrific articles in this
issue to do some serious in-the-studio
research…okay, maybe not so serious.
Take a look at what we discovered.
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Any good art journaler knows that a
white gel pen is a necessity. This pen is
chemically stable, waterproof, and fade
resistant. It is easy and comfortable to
write with and will not smear, feather,
or bleed through on most papers. We
tried it on acrylic-painted papers and
were happy with the smooth writing and
bright white lettering that resulted.
b. Glaze Pens
Sakura, Glaze™
With this unique pen, you need to
write slowly and allow the ink to dry to
enjoy the raised lettering it produces.
All of the 15 available ink colors are
transparent, except for the white, which
is opaque—making it a great choice for
art journalers. We tried it on plain and
painted paper and found no difference.
You do have to be patient and wait for
the paint to dry, but we found the cool
effect of raised ink worth the wait.
c. Fabric Gel Pen
Pentel®, Gel Roller for fabric
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We love this pen for journaling and
writing on fabric. The 1.0mm pen writes
smoothly and its no-smudge, no-smear
ink is permanent on most fabrics and
will withstand repeated washings—even
dry cleaning. You can use this pen for
everything from labeling clothes for camp
to drawing on your next
mixed-media fabric project.
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artist pens
d. Fine-Line Pens
Sakura, Micron®
The Micron is just one example of
the fine-line pens available to artists.
This pen has an archival-quality ink
that is chemically stable, waterproof,
and fade resistant. You can use this
pen with other water-based media
without having to worry about it
smudging or bleeding. The tips come
in six different sizes (005, 01, 02, 03,
05, and 08). We especially love the
005 for drawing very small details.
In our example we mixed a number
of different sizes on acrylic-painted
paper and the application was very
smooth.
e. Brush Pens
specialty
markers
f. Permanent Marker pen
Staedtler®, Lumocolor®
There are many permanent markers
on the market, but we wanted to try
something with a more controllable
tip. These pens are permanent,
waterproof, refillable, and dry safe
(the pen can be left uncapped for
days without drying up). We loved
that we could use them on glass and
plastic, and immediately thought
of using them to label storage
containers. An added bonus was that
we could easily change our labels,
or fix errors with the Lumocolor
Correction Pen (see below).
Faber-Castell®, Pitt®
g. Correction pen
The brush-tip pen duplicates the feel
of a round, pointed-tip brush. These
artist pens come in 48 different colors
and are acid free, waterproof when
dry, and odorless. The nib is long
lasting, sturdy, and can be refreshed
by removing it and turning it over
to reveal a fresh point. We tried
the pens in the “shades of gray”
collection to see how they worked
with shading and we liked the results.
These would be a great item to carry
along for travel journals.
Staedtler, Lumocolor
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This pen magically erases the
permanent ink marks of the Staedler
Lumocolor marker pens (see above)
from transparencies, glass, acrylic,
ceramic, and plastic. The Correction
Pen is solvent based with a chisel tip.
h. Fine-Line Markers
Staedtler, Triplus® Fineliner
With a triangular barrel, these
markers make for effortless and
fatigue-free writing. They were one
of the nicest and most comfortable
markers to hold. They are dry safe
and can be left uncapped for days.
For the messy doodler, it’s good to
note that these markers wash out
of most fabrics. They come in 20
different colors, including spring and
olive green and a lovely aqua. We
also love the case that these markers
come in; it unfolds to become its own
stand.
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more
specialty
markers
and pens
i. Metallic pens
Faber-Castell, Silver Pitt
Artist Pen
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When looking to add a
little shimmer, especially
on dark or painted
paper, the metallic ink
Pitt pen will do the trick.
This pen comes in both
silver and gold with a
1.5mm nib. We used
it on painted paper and found the
results to be perfectly opaque and
shimmery.
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j. CalligRaphy Marker
Faber-Castell, Pitt Calligraphy Pen
k
Even if you aren’t a practiced
calligrapher, you can get impressive
results with a pen tip like this. The
India ink is waterproof, smudge
proof, acid free, archival, and
permanent. We tried the pen on
both plain and painted paper with
excellent lettering results. These
pens come packaged individually or
in a set of three colors—each with a
free calligraphy lettering guide.
k. Opaque Pen
Marvy® Uchida, Opaque Stix
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that will write on photographs,
vellum, journals, yearbooks, and
dark paper, you might want to look
at Opaque Stix. These markers are
acid free, light fast, and photo safe.
They dry opaque, which makes
them ideal for light and dark paper.
We tried them on painted paper
and found the chalky appearance
of the dried markings strangely
appealing.
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l. Fabric Marker
Marvy Uchida, Fabric Ball & Brush
Two different ends on the Fabric
Ball & Brush make this marker
doubly useful. The ball tip is extra
fine, which is perfect for drawing
delicate lines. The brush end was
juicy and allowed us to color, draw,
and write. This pen is quick drying,
acid free, permanent, and requires
no heat setting.
m. Fillable pen
Tim Holtz® Adirondack®, Alcohol
Ink Fillable Pen
The last pen we tried was a pen
that came with no ink at all! This
new pen has both brush and
fine-point tips and is easy to fill.
You choose the ink color and the
tip you want to use. This alcohol
ink pen will perfectly complement
any artwork. We used the brush tip
to write over acrylic-painted paper
with an accompanying “splat”
of ink from the bottle we used
to fill the pen. You can see that
the pen helps the ink to retain its
transparency, making blue ink green
in appearance when used over
yellow paint.
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travel
journals
using maps as a starting point
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Journal pages
with maps as
the background.
Watercolor
painting, labels,
hand-written
text, sketches,
stamping, and
collaged bits
complete the
pages.
itting in the cozy kitchen of a 17th century stone cottage in the tiny hamlet
of Campagnac, I pull out a map of southern France. It unfolds to fill up the
entire kitchen table. With my chin in my hands, I lean over to locate the path of
my journey for the past week. The tangible feel of the map inspires me to run my
fingers along meandering ochre and cerulean lines and roadways, dotted and
dashed.
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I am immersed in the French
countryside where the honey-colored
stone walls glow with the warmth of
long autumn days. Here, the warm
breeze encourages the fall of tasty, ripe
figs from the gnarled trees. The ancient,
perched villages beg for exploration as
we drive down narrow lanes lined with
tall straight plane trees, planted long ago
to give shade to Napoleon’s marching
army. And here in the cottage, I am
giddy with artistic joy as I have time to
paint and play in my watercolor journal,
my constant travel companion. I am fascinated by maps. I love the fact
that they represent where I have been,
and give direction to where I may go. I
love the excitement of finding my way
amongst exotic sounding villages—
Blauzac, Sainte-Anastasie,
Châtillon-en-Diois, and Ponet—not
knowing what scenery will appear
around the next turn.
While experimenting with ways to
incorporate maps into my watercolor
journals, I discovered that they create
interesting and mysterious textured
backgrounds for watercolor paintings.
Maps also make a great foundation
for mixed-media collage, collected
ephemera, and journaling. Or, using a
published map as my guide, it is fun and
challenging to draw my own map of an
area, lightly paint over it with a wash of
watercolor, and then add little drawings
to represent the local charm.
Taking the time to sketch and paint a
map, or using a map as the background
for my art, imprints in my mind the
stunning and colorful locations found
along my journey. For example, the map
I painted while camping at Big Summit
Prairie, Oregon, will always bring back
the splendor of the seemingly
never-ending, dazzling white fields of
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A watercolor sketch enhanced with a map,
decorative papers, labels, magazine images,
stamping, text, and journaling.
mule’s ears in bloom, sprinkled with
specks of wildflower colors. Whether
you are painting a charming European
village or journaling about the sparkle
of an ocean wave, using a map as the
starting point for your art will bring
back fond memories of your voyages for
years to come. directions
1.
Cut or tear the map into an
interesting shape that will fit in your
journal.
2.
Drizzle a little bit of white gesso onto
the map and quickly spread it out
with a paper towel, before it starts
to dry. Rub some of the gesso off so
that the map shows through but has
a slightly pushed-back look. Allow to
dry.
ideas for
using maps
• Make copies of maps and
prepare them with gesso before
you leave on your trip.
• Make a hand-drawn map of
the area you are visiting and
incorporate little drawings of
interesting points along the way.
• Use a map as a starting point and
add collected ephemera such as
business cards, tickets, postage
stamps, cut-out words and photos
from brochures, wine labels,
paper money, paper napkins,
postcards, and anything else that
catches your eye.
• Use a map as a foundation for
your journaling.
• Cut a map into interesting shapes
that can be folded out from the
page to reveal your art.
• Use different types of maps for
different looks, such as nautical
charts for marine scenes or hiking
trail guides for nature paintings.
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• Map or a color copy of a map
(Make sure the ink on the copy is not
water soluble.)
• White gesso (Liquitex® or Golden
Artist Colors®)
• Paper towels
• Watercolors (I use Winsor &
Newton™ and Daniel Smith
watercolors.)
• Watercolor brushes (I like the Daniel
Smith Platinum series, round sizes 4,
8, and Round Mop #6.)
• Pencil
• Permanent black ink pen
• Glue
optional
• Stamps and ink pads for creating a
border
A map is the background for this painting. Flowers were painted, cut out of watercolor paper, and
adhered to the foreground to add texture and depth.
watercolor to puddle and bead up to
create interesting effects. Try not to
use too much water; let the paints
mingle and blend on their own. Allow
to dry.
tip: The gesso dries quickly, so if your
map piece is large, work in small areas,
one area at a time. Ideally, you want the
map to look whitewashed, with the map
showing through in some areas more than
others.
3.
Paint a colorful wash using
watercolor paints. Try a mix of colors
that are close to each other on the
color wheel, such as magenta, rose,
and quinacridone gold. Transparent
watercolor paints will let parts of
the map show through. Allow the
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4.
Using a pencil, draw the image you
want to paint, such as a European
perched village scene, a grove of
olive trees, or wildflowers in the
foreground.
5.
Paint in houses, trees, and distant
hills using a variety of colors. Allow
to dry.
6.
Outline the drawn images and some
accents with a permanent black pen.
7.
Paint a page in your journal with
watercolors, let it dry, and then glue
your map art to it. 8.
Stamp along the edges of the map to
create an interesting border, or
simply outline the outer edge of the
map with a pen.
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